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Antelope: Sitatunga (Water Kudu)

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Antelope: Sitatunga (Water Kudu)

Unread post by Swartwitpens88 » Tue Aug 11, 2009 4:03 pm

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Have anybody ever spotted the Sitatunga in the Kruger?
I know that they are quite rare, but found in Mozambique, so now with the Transfrontier Park could some Sitatunga be found in the far norther parts?
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Re: Sitatunga (Water Kudu)

Unread post by Rooies » Tue Aug 11, 2009 4:14 pm

They like swamps and lots of water. The habitat in Kruger does not suit them.
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Re: Sitatunga (Water Kudu)

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Tue Aug 11, 2009 5:21 pm

Nope.

Have only seen them in Okavango.
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Re: Sitatunga (Water Kudu)

Unread post by Rooies » Wed Aug 12, 2009 2:50 pm

Also saw them in Kafue and South Luangwa.
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Re: Sitatunga (Water Kudu)

Unread post by Swartwitpens88 » Thu Aug 13, 2009 3:55 pm

Yes, very interesting indeed!
I know for a fact that they are not uncommon in the Caprivi strip near the Botswana border, seen them.
The thing that puzzles me is how much animals have been driven out of their natural occuring areas and had to be relocated elsewhere to ensure their survival. For instance the Black Wildebeest in the early 20th century, as well as the springbok which was not that uncommon in the bushveld or highveld seeing that they were even full on numbers on the springbok flats (hence the name) near Bela Bela(Warmbad) and Groblersdal etc even stretching into the escarpment at Belfast.

I once read a publication from a very interesting occurance that happend at Pienaarsrivier, just north of Gauteng on the R101. In 1960's many black and even white inhabitants were weary of a couple of male lions still lurking in the bushveld on the springbokflats. Many people thought them to be driven out of that area and only to occur naturaly near Vaalwater and the Waterberg Biosphere. As it is this lion terrorised and even hunted humans near Hammanskraal and Soshanguve. It was nicknamed the "man vreter van Pienaarsrivier" meaning the man-eater from Pienaarsriver.
It was eventualy shot dead and was thought to be a lion that had escaped from the Circus or a nature reserve of some sort,but further investigations led to the conclussion that it was a native inhabitant of the area, one of the last remaining of the area, it hunted the Kudu near the present location of the Carousel casino, these Kudu are still there to this day on, not in a gamefarm or reserve, but free-roaming (fences was erected by the casino recently). I have seen these Kudu a number of times when driving the R101 to Bela Bela. :sniper: Hunters and poachers getting to them? I realy don't know. On that same road just after exiting Hammanskraal we saw an Aardwolf run across the road one night at 7pm in June. There are many termite mounds for those who know the area well will know, and its encouraging to see there are still some animals that have evaded the constant "sustainable development" of humans.
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Re: Sitatunga (Water Kudu)

Unread post by Richprins » Tue Aug 25, 2009 6:29 pm

Got reply from my Moz source.

Definitely NO Sitatunga in the entire Mozambique, in fact nowhere on the whole Eastern Littoral of Africa.

Nearest populations in forest swamps in Northwest Tanzania, and Northern Zambia! :P

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Re: Sitatunga (Water Kudu)

Unread post by Bond is the name » Sun Aug 30, 2009 7:46 pm

Sitatunga is found in the Okavango/Caprivi, Zambia-North etc. Nothing as Richprins said in Mozam. Never in Kruger.

Leopard, well, they are everywhere, even in towns.


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